He was swallowed by a humpback whale, spent a few minutes in darkness before being ejected into the ocean

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Michael Packard in hospital after whale incident

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Packard revealed that he suddenly found himself in a dark, fleshy cavern.
  • After a few confused seconds, Packard realized that we were, in fact, inside the giant sea creature’s mouth.
  • Darkness turned to light as the humpback whale opened its jaws. Packard was immediately returned to the water. Fortunately, he did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.

Imagine being swallowed by something massive. And yet somehow survive to share your experience with the world. Quite a rush, isn’t it?

Well, it’s actually more horror than rush and Michael Packward tells us exactly why.

Packard was hunting lobsters 45 feet below the waves off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts when he was hit by something huge and heavy.

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The impact did not come from an underwater vehicle. Packard was struck by a humpback whale, the impact resembling that of a 100-ton truck.

But body contact isn’t a scary part of the story. Packard revealed that he suddenly found himself in a dark, meaty cavern (yes, what we saw in many sci-fi and action movies of the 80s and 90s).

After a few confused seconds, Packard realized that we were, in fact, inside the giant sea creature’s mouth.

In an interview with Cape Cod Times, Packard recounted how he faced an intense struggle as he lost his breathing apparatus and was stuck in total darkness.

Packard said he was certain he was going to die, as he began to think about his family. But then the miracle happened.

Darkness turned to light as the humpback whale opened its jaws. Packard was immediately returned to the water. Fortunately, he did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.

According to whale experts, it is physically impossible for a humpback whale to swallow a human whole because its throat is only 15 inches in diameter. Not big enough for an adult human to fit in.

They prefer to feed by scurrying over schools of fish.

The odds of humpback whales swallowing humans are near zero. In fact, cases of humans being swallowed by whales have only been recorded once before.

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